Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 20th Feb 2012 11:22 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems No matter where you look these days, there's a profound sense here in the west that the people no longer having any tangible control over what our governments do. Sure, we are allowed to vote every once in a while, but effectively, most of our countries are governed by backroom deals and corporate interests. If matters really do get out of hand, how do we fight this? Well, with technology of course!
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by hackus on Tue 21st Feb 2012 02:05 UTC
hackus
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2006-06-28

"...there's a profound sense here in the west that the people no longer having any tangible control over what our governments do. "

This is a historical statement after the fact. You never had control over your government. Nobody has...._ever_.

Year after year, decade after decade, empire after empire created rises and is destroyed.

Every age, all the time. _No_ _exceptions_.

Socialism, DUST. Democracy, DUST. Communism, DUST. Dictators DUST, Fascism DUST and on and on and on it goes.

Why? What is it that we are missing. We just happen to be in another age of technology. Just as in previous ages.

Look at what we are doing with it.

Making excuses, poor ones to justify why some of live like kings, and the rest live wretched lives, that there just isn't enough to go around. Artificially restricting technology through a economic and social political structure to justify it all.

Instead of using this age of technology to destroy the very foundations of what every leader knows, but doesn't want to happen: Use technology to feed, cloth and shelter and educate every single person on the planet.

Do that, we can support a hundred billion people on this planet and have an ecology of a paradise.

That won't happen, because the idiots you elect will never allow it.

No, we won't do that. Instead we misuse technology in a failed economic system of consumerism and greed. We use technology not to get rid of centralized power and distribution systems which suck ass.

No, we use technology to build iCrapola this, and iCrap shiney new piece of junk that and call it progress.

Even as the iCrapola technology is used to enslave millions it is viewed as progress. "Oh...oh its a magical device."

I would like to take a magical device and shove it up a magical Apple users arse.

This whole world is way beyond the voting box now wherever you go. People keep thinking if only we could use the same political process and people they elect to screw them with more votes, they could change the world for a better place.

"doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

Yeah, you keep voting, singing your stupid petitions and doing the same old same old.

I agree with Einstein you are ALL INSANE.

-Hack

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RE: Comment
by Gullible Jones on Tue 21st Feb 2012 02:48 in reply to "Comment"
Gullible Jones Member since:
2006-05-23

We are? And you're not? Seriously?

(And what, pray tell, do you think should be done about all this, anyway?)

Edited 2012-02-21 02:49 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment
by hackus on Tue 21st Feb 2012 14:47 in reply to "RE: Comment"
hackus Member since:
2006-06-28

Usually after a disease is diagnosed, a treatment is prescribed. In this case, a species that has gone insane I am not sure what the treatment would be.

The response of my message, was to point out the problem, I do not have a solution.

Since the problem is government however, perhaps getting rid of all forms of government might be a start.

Now how that would work, we already have a crude model to work from.

It is called the Internet.

In fact, that is why every government on the planet is working to destroy it.

Governments know where the logical outcome of the ideas of something like the Internet lead too.

Unfortunately for them, it doesn't include governments.

They are right of course. So the Internet will be destroyed.

At least that is what history says will happen. I am referring of course to change. Everything dies, crumbles or turns to dust or ruin.

The Internet will be no exception.

So in order to destroy the internet, we will first have to have one whopper of a disaster.

I am not sure what that is, my best bet would be a world war of some kind.

Many here probably think that would be bad, and it could be. However, with any change comes the possibility of something better to replace it.

One thing history guarantees is change.....better or worse.

-Hack

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